South LA’s Foshay Learning Center students rejuvenate school newspaper

en Nowell, a graduate student at Annenberg’s community journalism class, discusses with high schoolers how to write stories on the “education” beat at Foshay’s journalism class. (Photo by Keny Contreras, a junior at Foshay Learning Center.)

Jen Nowell, a student in Annenberg’s community journalism class, discusses with Foshay high schoolers how to write stories about education. | Keny Contreras

A group of student editors and web designers at the journalism club of Foshay Learning Center were plotting something big: Publishing the second issue of their school newspaper. The Foshay Chronicle will be printed in the beginning of the new year.

As the semester drew to a close in December, members of the journalism club were busy finalizing stories written by middle and high school students in journalism classes. Their “beats” ranged from sports to education and from food to technology – even the homecoming dance.

“Now it’s becoming real,” said Casey Cortes, a senior and editor at the journalism club. “I can’t wait for the students of Foshay Learning Center to read their school’s paper.” [Read more…]

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There are nearly 40,000 foster youth living in Los Angeles County—and this year alone 1,400 young adults will “age out” the foster care system thus becoming disqualified for support services.

At the age of 18, their cases will be terminated and many have to resort to life out on the streets with little life skills and no financial support. They become vulnerable and exposed to committing theft, prostitution, and drug abuse for survival. Forty to fifty percent of foster youth become homeless and 25 percent will be incarcerated within two years. These are the problems that Living Advantage Inc. seeks to address.  [Read more…]